Saskatoon population drops by 2000 since January 2007?

Saskatoon’s population has seen a decrease of 2,000 people since January 2007 according to an estimate just released by a Toronto analytics firm. Generation 5 provides population estimates for the City of Saskatoon between census periods.

According to the Star Phoenix, “The firm uses census figures as a starting point, adjusted by databases of consumer spending, home sales, and address information to arrive at its estimates.


Information from various sources suggests Saskatoon’s population grew from 202,340 in 2006 to 214,034 by the beginning of 2007, and receded to 212,000 by mid-2008.


Anyone else have any thoughts on how these measures could lead to the conclusion of a population drop, given that 2007 produced a record number of homes sales, and Saskatoon has been the nation’s leader for consumer spending?


Read the Star Phoenix story here.


See a Google map displaying the boundaries of Saskatoon real estate “areas” here
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Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

Saskatchewan to lead nation for economic growth: RBC

Saskatchewan to Lead Nation for Economic Growth: RBC EconomistHistorically high commodity prices will push Saskatchewan to a leading growth position amongst Canadian provinces this year, according to RBC economist Paul Ferley.


Speaking to a group of RBC clients in Saskatoon on Friday, Ferley noted that a “wide range of commodities” are experiencing higher prices. He’s predicting that uranium, potash, wheat and oil production will push Saskatchewan’s economy forward by 3.5 percent in 2008, and 3.25 percent in 2009, compared to national growth rates of 1.5 percent and 2.5% respectively.


The Saskatchewan economy was the subject of much speculation in 2007, but ultimately underperformed on the most bullish predictions, which had forecast real GDP growth between 4 and 4.8 percent. Saskatchewan’s real GDP growth came in at 2.8 percent, just slightly above the national average. However, Saskatchewan’s nominal GDP growth through 2007 was exceptionally strong at 11.4 percent, topping all provinces except Newfoundland and Labrador. Real GDP measures changes in production, while nominal GDP measures the actual dollar value of the economy. You might say that we worked 2.8% harder, but earned 11.4% more.


Read the Saskatoon Star Phoenix story by Wendy Gillis here.


Read also: Saskatchewan Economy Underperforms on Expectations

Read also: The Rest of the Economic Growth Story

Read also: Saskatchewan Could Become an Embarrassment of Riches: RBC

See a Google map displaying the boundaries of Saskatoon real estate “areas” here
Data collection and calculation for our statistical reports

I’m always happy to answer your Saskatoon real estate questions.  All of my contact info is here. Please feel free to call or email.

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Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

Saskatoon ranks high on Canadian Business best places to live list

Saskatoon ranks 17th out of 154 Canadian communities that are rated in the third annual Canadian Business, “Canada’s Best Places to Live” list.

This particular report weighs a number of factors including house prices, incomes, crime rates, employment, weather and lifestyle.

View the results here.

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Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

Saskatoon housing options still exist for first-timers: Remax

Remax Press Release – Kelowna, BC (April 22, 2008)


“While higher housing values and tight inventory levels have hampered home-buying activity so far this year, longer amortization periods and alternative housing types have offset the impact on most major markets across the country, according to a report released today by RE/MAX.”


“Despite a higher degree of frustration in the marketplace than in previous years, the RE/MAX Affordability Report found that first-time buyers, in particular, remain steadfast in their determination to purchase a home. In fact, entry-level purchasers are adjusting their expectations by sacrificing size, location, and even long-term financial freedom, to overcome challenges such as rising prices and serious supply issues. Innovative financing has become key to homeownership in today’s environment – with longer amortization periods gaining favour in 62 per cent of the major centres surveyed. Low or no down payments were popular with first-time buyers in 38 per cent of markets.”


In Saskatoon, the report indicates “A two-bedroom, 900 square foot bungalow in good condition can be purchased from $200,000 in areas such as Confederation Park, Fairhaven, Meadowgreen, Mayfair and Westmount. The least expensive home sold in the city to date was a 535 square foot bungalow which traded hands for $80,000.”


Remax Saskatoon agent, Ivan Toledo told Star Phoenix Business Editor Murray Lyons that “people looking for affordability are discovering neighbourhoods such as King George and Westmount, where some existing houses are for sale and Toledo is working with two different builders on in-fill projects, building semi-detached, two-storey houses.”


“They will buy a little drug house or whatever on a 50-foot lot, knock it down, subdivide it and put up new construction,” Toledo said. “We have the lowest cost new construction in Saskatoon.

“It’s basically a Stonebridge (style) house and if Stonebridge is selling for $360,000, we’re selling ours at $270,000.”


Read to Remax Affordabilty Study 2008 here.

Read the Star Phoenix story here.

I’m always happy to answer your Saskatoon real estate questions.  All of my contact info is here. Please feel free to call or email.

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Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate

Saskatoon’s condo conversion policy to change

Monday night’s meeting of Saskatoon city council’s executive committee produced nearly five hours of “discussion and heated debate,” on proposed changes to the city’s condo conversion policy according to a report in this morning’s Star Phoenix. The majority of the councilors in attendance ultimately voted to put the brakes on the trend toward rapid and unrestricted conversions of apartment buildings to condos.


Assuming that the executive committee’s recommendations are approved by city council at its April 21 meeting, certificates for conversions will not be granted when vacancy rates fall below 1.5%, as measured in Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Rental Market Outlook reports. The most recent report pegged Saskatoon’s apartment vacancy rate at just 0.6%. If approved, the new policy will not be applied to the applications for 14 buildings that are already in the queue for approval.


Key to the sudden shift seems to be a submission from Dr. Ryan Walker, an urban planning and geography professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Walker, with the help of colleagues from across the country made the case that diminishing supplies of rental housing will lead to further labour shortages in “key worker occupations.”


Read the Star Phoenix story here.

I’m always happy to answer your Saskatoon real estate questions.  All of my contact info is here. Please feel free to call or email.

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Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Saskatoon Real Estate